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What we know about Luka Doncic calf injury, what it means, and what to expect

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What we know about the calf injury Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic suffered

The team is only willing to say Luka suffered a calf strain at this point. Head coach Jason Kidd is scheduled to meet with the media following the team’s practice on Tuesday, so that would be the next chance for MFFLs to get more information, but do not expect it. The Mavs have been tight-lipped on injuries all season, and they have no reason to let the Jazz know their plans heading into Game 1.

Jeff Stotts of shared the following on Twitter shortly after Luka suffered the injury.

The Mavericks have six days off before Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, and the 23-year-old superstar is going to do everything in his power to be ready to play, but fans should not count on it. Even the slightest calf strain usually causes a player to miss over one week of action.

Tim MacMahon joined Mark Followill and Brian Dameris on the Take Dat Wit You podcast to discuss the Mavs versus Jazz playoff series where he shared what he’s heard about Luka’s calf injury.

"There is hope that Luka will be available for a significant portion of the series. Game 1? That would be awfully quick on a turnaround from a calf strain. How many games is it? A lot of this depends on how his calf responds to treatment."

MacMahon later reported that is his source said “No” when asked if Luka could be ruled out for Game 1.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was not as optimistic about Doncic's status. He noted that he would already be ruled out for Game 1 if this was the regular season. Fans can hear what he said on NBA Today on April 12 below.

Ultimately, the Dallas Mavericks offered little clarity about the severity of Luka Doncic’s calf injury, but fans should not expect to see him in the series opener against the Utah Jazz. The 6’7 guard will do everything he can to get back on the court, but the team will not want to rush it for fear of causing a more significant injury.